The best airplane toys for under twos

When it comes to air travel, adding a baby to the equation can make things complicated and daunting. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying for 2 hours or 12, it’s a hard gig and having the right gear and toys can make it a whole lot easier. Ready to pack your carryon? Here are 17 airplane friendly toys for under twos.

best toddler travel toys

Getting ready to fly with a baby? In a perfect world – they’d fall asleep shortly after take off, wake up before landing and giggle and coo at the smiling flight attendant while passengers commend you for having such a well-behaved baby.

In reality – they’ll probably be teething, over-tired and already in their second change of clothing before you even have a chance to buckle your seat belt. To help keep both you and your baby cool, calm and collected while in the terminal and in the air, it’s a good idea to pack a few airplane-friendly toys.

If/ when your baby isn’t asleep, keeping them entertained will be your main priority. We all know that fussy babies usually need redirection so we like to pack options when it comes to teethers, toys and soothers. Books like Pat the Bunny are great because they can provide a tactile experience, while Natursutten’s PaciPixy does double time as a pacifier holder and cuddle buddy.

Natursutten PaciPixy Pacifier holder

Depending on your child’s age and interests, they may want to do something crafty. While we did learn the hard way that crayon does come off an airplane wall with wet wipes, it’s smarter to bring chalk or markers with invisible ink. We particularly love the all-in-one chalk coloring books from Jaq Jaq Bird.

When packing your baby’s carryon, remember to choose things that are:

  • Easy to clean
  • Soothing
  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Quiet
  • Versatile

It’s also wise to opt for toys that have magnetic pieces and are easy to store. The last thing you need is to be digging in your bag for a stray puzzle piece when your 18 months old is emotionally invested in a puzzle and just needs the last two pieces. Or worse – asking a stranger in 54D to please pass back your child’s purple chalk.


Here are The Tot-approved Airplane toy picks


Teethers/ Soothers

LexyPexy Wooden Passport Teether

LexyPexy Wooden Passport-shaped teether 

Green Toys First Keys

Green Toys First Keys 

Loulou Lollipop Bunny Teething Ring

Loulou Lollipop Wooden Silicone Teething Ring 

Natursutten Pacipixy

Natursutten PaciPixy Pacifier holder 

Cheengoo Elephant Ring Rattle

Cheengoo Elephant Rattle


Wee Gallery Cuddle Bunnies  

Wee Gallery Cuddle Bunny in Splatter



Books/ Puzzles

Petit Collage Organic Soft Book & Toy Set 

Petit Collage Organic Soft Book Set Rabbit 

Tiny Bee Gift Co. Pat The Bunny

Tiny Bee Easter Pat The Bunny 

Wee Gallery Woodland Activity Pad

Wee Gallery Woodland Activity Pad 

Petit Collage Wooden Stroller Book – Things That Go

Petit Collage Wooden Book Things That Go 

Green Toys Dump Truck Puzzle

Green Toys Dump Truck Puzzle 

Janod Toys Magnetic Fish Puzzle

Janod Magnetic Fish Puzzle 

Craft/ Toys

Jaq Jaq Bird Doodle It Book – Planes

Jaq Jaq Bird Doodle It Book - Planes


Petit Collage Magnetic Drawing Board

Petit Collage Magic Drawing Board 

Manny and Simon Police Car

Manny and Simon Police Car 

Alimrose Daisy Bunny

Alimrose SS19 Daisy Bunny Blush



Eco-Kids Sea Rock Crayons